Since 1987, every U.S. president has proclaimed German-American Day on October 6 to recognize the substantial contributions that German immigrants have made to the United States. The day stands as both a celebration of German heritage and as a reminder of the pioneering people from Germany who sought a better life for themselves and their children in America, and in doing so, helped shape that life dramatically. (...) Nearly 43 million Americans - about 15% of respondents - listed German as their primary cultural heritage in 2000.
Philadelphia celebrates this year's German-American Day with a Mayor's Reception, a "Bier- und Wurstfest", "German Colonial Cooking," "German Folksong Sing-a-long" and more. The organizers also quote Ronald Reagan, who proclaimed the first German-American Day:
Few people have blended so completely into the multicultural tapestry of American society and yet have made such singular economic, political, social, scientific, and cultural contributions to the growth and success of these United States as have Americans of German extraction.Dear readers, are you partly of German descent? Are you celebrating today, in addition to getting organized, eating country ham and cleaning your car and teeth?